Kansas Troubles Quilt Block – Cool Construction Trick | McCall’s Quilting Blog

The Block Builders Workshop page in the January/February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine has the coolest pattern for the classic Kansas Troubles quilt block that I’ve ever seen!

Our version of the Kansas Troubles quilt block pattern finishes at 12″ square

This classic block has quite a bit of piecing, and in traditional patterns you would need to sew large triangles and pieced triangles together along long bias edges, which can be, well, troublesome.

But our editors came up with a slick piecing trick that makes sewing on the bias unnecessary and even better, creates two of the four pieced squares for the block all in one operation. Easier AND faster – yes!

The best way to fill you in on this technique is to show you, so follow this link to Erin Russek’s short video demonstrating it. You will be AMAZED! Go ahead, it’s only 6 minutes long. I’ll wait…

See? Mind blown, right? You’re probably dying to try this technique right away! The full pattern for the block is in the magazine on page 24. If you’re considering using the same fabrics Erin did, here’s a closer look:

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The Oxford fabric collection by Quilting Treasures

Aren’t they lovely? Ask for this collection at your local quilt shop; it should be in stock now.

If you’re ready to take the trouble out of the Kansas Troubles block, try this cool piecing trick, and we’d love it if you’d post a photo of your block on the McCall’s Quilting Facebook page! A big thank you to Quilting Treasures for sponsoring this Block Builders Workshop lesson and video.

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